It’s been a strong start to this year’s league campaign for Sheffield Wednesday, as they look to win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League.
The Owls currently sit eighth in the Championship table, and will be looking to make it back-to-back wins after they saw off Wigan Athletic before the international break.
Plenty of the Hillsborough faithful will have been fearing that some of their key players might not be fit in time to face Cardiff on Friday, with a number of the squad returning from international duty.
Garry Monk has provided supporters with a positive update ahead of their game against Cardiff City, which will take place in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Liam Palmer and Atdhe Nuhiu have come back unscathed from international duty, Garry Monk has confirmed. They have trained today. Massimo Luongo has also trained this week. #SWFC
— Dom Howson (@domhowson) October 16, 2019
Both Liam Palmer and Atdhe Nuhiu are deemed fit enough to be involved against the Bluebirds, despite the pair only returning to training from international duty on Wednesday.
Summer signing Massimo Luongo picked up a knock in the win over Wigan before the international break, but Monk also revealed that the midfielder is available for selection after coming through training this week.
It’s certainly not going to be an easy game for Monk’s side by any stretch of the imagination, with Cardiff only losing once in their last six league games.
Neil Warnock’s side will be hoping to bounce back from a defeat to West Brom though, as they look to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking this season.
This is a promising update from the Sheffield Wednesday boss.
He’ll need his key players available for this one, as it’s going to be a tricky test against a Cardiff City side that are known for their physicality.
It will be interesting to see whether Monk opts to start Nuhiu or Forestieri alongside Steven Fletcher in the Owls attack, with both players likely to feel as though they deserve a place in the starting XI.